This week, Charlie Mullins co-hosted the Parliamentary reception of Women & Manual Trades’ (WAMT) 40th anniversary.
The event supported and recognised the need to get more women into manual trades, something Charlie has long been a huge advocate for. As a patron of the charity, Charlie took to the stage alongside Maria Miller MP, the Chair of the Women and Equalities Select Committee, and former cabinet minister, his co-host, Rt Hon Baroness Garden of Frognal and Enoma Igiehon, WAMT Chair.
To demonstrate exactly why it’s vital to get more women into trades, Pimlico Plumbers brought along two of its top female plumbers, Jessica and Daisy, and two of their female apprentices, Jodie and Chloe. The women are all fantastic assets to Pimlico and they were able to show just how important the availability of apprenticeships is in encouraging young women to consider a manual trade.
Also in attendance were Pimlico Plumbers’ Recruitment Manager Rachael and apprentice Louise, who were also able to talk about the recruitment side of things in hiring women in trades.
Enoma Igiehon gave a rousing speech calling for ‘women on the tools the norm and not the exception’, a statement which Pimlico Plumbers fully supports and hopes to achieve through its apprenticeship and recruitment programme.